View Poll Results: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

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  • Very, we should be sending men back to the moon, to Mars, and beyond

    48 68.57%
  • Somewhat, but we should stick to sending probes

    4 5.71%
  • Not very important now, maybe in the future

    11 15.71%
  • Not at all, it's a distraction and a waste of money

    10 14.29%
  • Space is boring.

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    And what happens when Russia is the only country that has vehicles that can get to space and they control the satellites and everything else up there.

    From what we have seen recently, Russia is not anxious to work with the US so I would consider it in the national interest to keep a presence in space.
    You have missed my "beyond the unavoidable defense infrastructure" caveat.

    (But don't expect Russia (or China, for that matter) to get too far ahead in the "space race": "colonizing Mars", for example, is a project by a few orders of magnitude more complex than anything they had shown to be capable of, barring truly radical reforms. Not a matter of scale, but a matter of innovation and adaptation, on every step. If it is between the "Bezos and Bigelow" and the Putin's merry band of kleptocrats, my money is on the Western tycoons, safely.)

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrylek View Post
    You have missed my "beyond the unavoidable defense infrastructure" caveat.

    (But don't expect Russia (or China, for that matter) to get too far ahead in the "space race": "colonizing Mars", for example, is a project by a few orders of magnitude more complex than anything they had shown to be capable of, barring truly radical reforms. Not a matter of scale, but a matter of innovation and adaptation, on every step. If it is between the "Bezos and Bigelow" and the Putin's merry band of kleptocrats, my money is on the Western tycoons, safely.)
    I wasn't thinking about anything that far off.

    If only the Russians have Access to space we can't expect that our satellites or any of our other space junk will be serviced or taken care of like they should. If Russia decides we are back in a cold war, they can even knock our satellites out of orbit and that would be a disaster to the country.

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrylek View Post
    You have missed my "beyond the unavoidable defense infrastructure" caveat.

    (But don't expect Russia (or China, for that matter) to get too far ahead in the "space race": "colonizing Mars", for example, is a project by a few orders of magnitude more complex than anything they had shown to be capable of, barring truly radical reforms. Not a matter of scale, but a matter of innovation and adaptation, on every step. If it is between the "Bezos and Bigelow" and the Putin's merry band of kleptocrats, my money is on the Western tycoons, safely.)
    The Russians want to Colonize the Moon with us.....which I have up in the other thread on if we should colonize the Moon. So they to know the cost.

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Why explore space when 70% of Earth's oceans remain unexplored?
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    knock out satellites on orbit.
    do ya know that killing three key GPS satellites will bring the whole network down because the space junk will fling round and impact the others in about 13 hours? The DoD has a contract out for in theatre GPS beacons so we can still shoot straight and find our way home in combat?
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryOldGuy View Post
    do ya know that killing three key GPS satellites will bring the whole network down because the space junk will fling round and impact the others in about 13 hours? The DoD has a contract out for in theatre GPS beacons so we can still shoot straight and find our way home in combat?
    Yeah, we know about the Blue Beacon.


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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    We don't go there in order to do science. We do science in order to go there.
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    I feel sorry for kids these days all they get is this kinda gimmick
    Virgin Galactic's Second Rocket Powered Flight Tail Footage - YouTube
    hah we had the X-15 and Joe jumped out of a balloon too
    then we went to the Moon

    Now we've handed them kids a bankrupt nation that has to beg Soviets for a ride

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    "Lawyers In Love"

    I can't keep up with what's been going on
    I think my heart must just be slowing down
    Among the human beings in their designer jeans
    Am I the only one who hears the screams
    And the strangled cries of lawyers in love

    God sends his spaceships to America, the beautiful
    They land at six o'clock and there we are, the dutiful
    Eating from TV trays, tuned into to Happy Days
    Waiting for World War III while Jesus slaves
    To the mating calls of lawyers in love

    Last night I watched the news from Washington, the capitol
    The Russians escaped while we weren't watching them, like Russians will
    Now we've got all this room, we've even got the moon
    And I hear the U.S.S.R. will be open soon
    As vacation land for lawyers in love

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Loved that tune 'back in the day'

    while I ate my TV Dinners

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